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Ultra-Processed Food, Drink Tied to Heart Disease, Earlier Death


Adults whose diet included more ultra-processed foods and beverages — such as ice cream, soda, and hamburgers — were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) or die sooner than others who had a more wholesome diet, in two large European cohorts.

In the NutriNet-Santé study of adults in France, those who had a 10% higher intake of ultra-processed foods and beverages had an 11% to 13% higher rate of CVD, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease over about 5 years.

And in the SUN study of university graduates from the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra, Spain, those who consumed more than four servings of ultra-processed food and beverages a day were 62% more likely to die of all causes over about a decade than those who consumed less than two servings per day.